Pool.com to obstacle .EU domain names
Pool.com has just added a new feature for customers to order .EU domains. It will work much like Pool’s existing dropping domains service. You can order any .EU domain you wish, and then when .EU domains are become available for registration Pool will use its technology and registrar network to try to register the domain(s) for you. Fees start at â‚¬60, with an auction if more than one person requests the same domain.
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Sedo sells over 1,000 domains in May
Sedo, one of the biggest and best domain name aftermarkets, announced that its sold 1,020 domains in May for a total of $1.7M. The average price of domains sold was $1,661.18. Of course, the median sale is better information…but Sedo doesn’t release that information.
Among Sedo’s big sales last month were Porker.com for $155,000, GLU.com for $75,000, and TextMessage.com for $35,000.
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.Net domain sells for $29,000
With the risk of sounding a like a broken record, it was another great week for domain sales! Last week England.net sold for $29,000 on SnapNames. This means that someone let this incredible domain expire. Someday I’ll contact one of these people that lets a domain like this expire to see if they know how much money they just lost. But I also think that sometimes dropped domain auctions bring in higher prices than existing domains since there’s focused bidding ... read more ...
Early bird acknowledgment cost for TRAFFIC East ends Jun 30
The TRAFFIC East domain name discussion will again be hold in Delray Beach, Florida. This year’s eventuality will be Oct 18-22. If we wish to take advantage of a lowest prices for admission, pointer adult by Jun 30. The cost goes from $995 to $1295 after Jun 30.
More information is accessible here.
TrafficClub domain parking use continues to impress
I’ve written about TrafficClub, the paid parking service from Moniker, in the past. Here’s an update on how it’s performing for me.
As of June 21, I’m running an excellent RPM (revenue per thousand views) of $44.50. This is up sharply from $10-$20 in previous months. A lot of this has to do with TrafficClub’s optimization process. Of my domains that have had 50 or more page views, the lowest is $2.33 RPM, and the best is $209.45! If you take these two ... read more ...
A Spanish week for domain name sales
Last week was a big week for domain name sales. The crazy thing is that 6 out of the top 10 sales were Spanish words! That’s thanks to a $500k spending spree by Chris Chena. Among the spanish-equivalent .com domains he bought were jobs, university, sales, phones, messages, and cards. He also shelled out $150k each for Paraguay.com and CheapGas.com. The CheapGas.com sale is incredible; this is a huge price for a 2 word domain that has synonyms.
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GoDaddy aftermarket – we finally got my domain
On May 6, I wrote about winning an expired domain auction on GoDaddy’s new TDNAM.com. On June 6, I wrote about receiving an e-mail from GoDaddy saying the domain was mine, although it turns out it wasn’t yet. Today, about 6 weeks after winning the auction, I’m proud to say I finally own the domain!
I’m still confused as to why GoDaddy is auctioning names off so far in advance. Other services that have direct registration drops auction the domains when the ... read more ...
Register.com gets J.D. Power certification, though who cares?
Register.com sent out a press release this morning touting that its customer call center is now a J.D. Power and Associates Certified Call Center. According to the release, “The J.D. Power and Associates certification illustrates how Register.com’s outstanding customer service, underscored by its “Handholding Included” motto, distinguishes the company from other service providers.”
So who cares? Any domain registrar could tack $20 onto its .com registration ... read more ...
Adam Dicker recently prevailed in a WIPO decision against the British insurer with the elephant.co.uk domain name, Admiral Insurance Services. This was clearly a case of reverse-domain hijacking by a large insurer.
Dicker showed his brilliance not only with winning this case, but also buying this domain in the first place. Apparently Dicker bought the domain for only $22,500. He offered to listen to Admiral Insurance Services’ offers for ... read more ...
NameSecure cuts registration cost to $7.95
NameSecure announced that it has cut its registration price almost in half to $7.95 per year. The company also offers domain transfers for $7.49. These prices include all ICANN fees. This is one of the lowest price registrars now that doesn’t throw any catches your way.
NameSecure is also offering a $6.95 domains as part of its Domains@Discount program. The program costs $99 per year, but if you register 100 or more domains each year this might be a good option.
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Dotster Coupon Code
Dotster has a new coupon code for this weekend only. This weekend, June 18th 19th – All .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz and .us domains are just $9.95 per year when you enter the coupon code ‘995domains’ into the coupon box during checkout.
The coupon is advertised for existing customers, so I’m not sure if it will work for new customers too.
Click here to go to Dotster.
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Sedo domain name parking now in 20 languages
Sedo has announced that its domain name parking services are now available in 20 languages. What’s neat about this system is that it automatically changes the language of the site content and links based on the country of the visitor, so you don’t have to geo target the domain based on its content.
Sedo has also improved its subdomain linking, so now hits to a subdomain such as news.domain.com will point back to domain.com.
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GolfResorts.com sells for $60,800
Another hole-in-one in the domain name aftermarket this week! GolfResorts.com was sold for just over $60k to the same company that owns GolfCourses.com. The second highest sale of the week was Chords.com, which sold for $35,000. As we reported earlier, America.org sold for $20,000 at Afternic.
Last week also saw a high .co.uk domain sale. EngineeringJobs.co.uk sold for Â£4,500.
There are signs that the .ws domain name market might actually produce some decent ... read more ...
Dotster offers $6.95 domain name transfers
Dotster, which was an early pioneer in cut-rate domain name pricing, has launched a new coupon code for domain transfers at $6.95. Dotster doesn’t charge any ICANN fees, so $6.95 is all you pay. This is a good opportunity to transfer domains that expire in the next 9-12 months and save big.
Click here to go to Dotster.
At checkout, enter coupon code ‘consolidate’ without the quotes
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TrivialPursuits.net; a pardonable domain decision
In a recent WIPO decision, the owners of TrivialPursuits.net won a case brought against him by the Trivial Pursuit board game company. I can understand going after this guy if he owned TrivialPursuits.COM, but what’s the value in the .net? Was it really a threat to their business? Seems trivial to me.
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Anatomy of a domain name estimation scam
[Update March 23, 2009: a similar scam has surfaced.]
One of the oldest and most popular scams against domain name owners is the domain appraisal scam. It works like this: someone emails you interested in buying a domain. When you reply, they require an appraisal to verify the value. The scammer either owns the domain appraisal company you are referred to, or is a paid affiliate.
I recently received an offer to buy a domain, and knew it was a scam from the beginning. ... read more ...
Register.com receives buyout offer
Register.com, once a heading aspirant opposite Network Solutions, perceived a buyout offer from one of a incomparable shareholders.
Register.com has been in outrageous financial difficulty of late, postponing required filings with a SEC as a open company.
Verisign to keep .net
ICANN Board Designates VeriSign to Retain Control of .NET Registry
Marina del Rey, CA – – ICANN’s Board has named VeriSign, Inc. as the designated .NET successor registry. ICANN has also approved entering into a new agreement with VeriSign for their continued management of the .NET registry for six additional years. This announcement is the culmination of the .NET RFP and successor registry process that began on 6 March 2004 and included an independent ... read more ...
NetPoker.com sells for $80,000
It was another good week for domain name sales, and the second week in a row that a poker-related domain led the charts. Poker.com sold for $80,000 in a private transaction. Other notable sales were FreeCellPhone.com at $61,000+ and TextMessage.com at $35,000, both sold at Sedo. This past week also saw a high dollar .ca (Canada) sale with Searching.ca selling for $31,500.
Also surprising this week were some low 3 character .com sales. This just proves that if ... read more ...
GoDaddy domain name auction — hiccup!
OK, apparently the e-mail I received from GoDaddy stating that the domain I bid and paid for a month ago is now mine was a little premature…
After not finding the domain in my account, I e-mailed GoDaddy’s customer service. They first sent a generic support email to me saying that domains can take 60 days from the date of auction before they become yours. Thanks, but that’s not what I asked. I asked why the domain wasn’t in my account when I received an ... read more ...
Domain registrations continue to increase
According to Verisign, operator of the .net and .com registries, the total number of domains registered reached 76.9M names as of Q1 2005. Other statistics released by Verisign:
-22% year-over-year growth in active domain registrations
-6.7M new domain registrations in Jan-March of this year
-In Jan-March of this year, an average of 1.6M new .net and .com registrations were added each month
-Renewal rates for .net and .com domains are around 75%, near a historic ... read more ...
.Org domain name sells for $20,000
A transaction during Afternic for a domain America.org shows that it sole today, 6/6, for $20,000. If this sale is completed, it will be one of a top .org domain sales I’ve seen in a while. I’ll keep we posted!
The Politics of .xxx
CNET has a great article about the politics behind the .xxx domain name extension. The big issue is whether politicians will try to make .xxx mandatory for adult web sites.
I don’t think this will ever happen, and I hope it doesn’t. Look, I’m not a porn site junkie. But I do believe in property rights and freedom of speech. Politicians, no doubt, will try to make all adult web sites use the .xxx extension. They will be met with force from the adult industry’s ... read more ...
GoDaddy’s failing domains (my experience)
A month ago, I posted about bidding on and winning a domain in GoDaddy’s “The Domain Name Aftermarket”. Yesterday I finally received notice from GoDaddy that the name is mine.
Or is it? I can’t find it anywhere in my GoDaddy account. I e-mailed support; we’ll see what happens. In the meantime, since bidding on the domain its backlinks and overall value has decreased. Perhaps that is GoDaddy’s goal. By selling domains before they are kicked out by ... read more ...
The entrance fallout during New.net
With .travel and .xxx domains on the horizon, trouble abounds thanks to New.net. You may have heard of Net.net, which already sells domains with extensions like .travel, .xxx, and .law. These aren’t “real” domain names, as they go through an alternative root server. In order to actually visit one of the domains, your ISP must participate in the New.net program or you must modify your browser.
So what happens when .travel and .xxx become “real” domains ... read more ...